When and how should a person hire an attorney after a car wreck?

Sep 14, 2021 12:36 PM EDT | Staff Reporter

When and how should a person hire an attorney after a car wreck?


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When people think about hiring a lawyer, they often assume that they will spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Hence, they decide not to risk hiring professional legal help that they believe they cannot afford. Unfortunately, most people don't know that most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that personal injury attorneys only accept cases that they believe have a strong chance of winning. Because attorneys get paid only if they win a settlement on their client's behalf, they may meet with many potential clients but accept only a few cases. Generally, personal injury attorneys are paid between 33% and 40% of the total award decided by a judge or a jury. So there is no need to delay due to financial fears.

Most personal injury attorneys also offer free case evaluations to determine whether or not a victim of a Long Island Accident has a strong enough claim. Some victims will schedule a free consultation with at least three different personal injury attorneys before choosing the one to represent them.

Choosing The Right Attorney

The success of your case rests on their ability to represent you, so you want to choose the one you feel is most compassionate, responsive, and has the time to dedicate to you. Some attorneys spend so much time recruiting new clients that they pass off victims to their legal aides. This makes those victims feel ignored and unimportant. In addition to looking over their credentials, testimonials, clients, and how many cases they've won, you want to ask yourself: do I trust this attorney? Will I be able to tell them intimate details about my finances and recovery?

Statute of Limitations

One of the most important reasons you need to hire an attorney right away is that there is a statute of limitations on how long you have to bring forth a civil claim. There is a statute of limitations for all sorts of civil claims and crimes, and they vary by offense and by state. For example, the statute of limitations for a car accident in New York is three years from the time of the accident. However, if a victim died in the crash, then the estate representatives have two years to file a wrongful death claim in the state of New York.

What are damages?

There are two types of compensatory damages. The first is called economic damages. These are recovered under personal injury law to compensate accident victims for financial losses. Examples of personal economic damages include:

●       Past and future medical expenses related to your treatment

●       Past lost wages

●       Future lost earnings

●       Vocational rehabilitation

●       Property damage such as your car, GPS, or if you had a laptop or cell phone in your vehicle at the time of the crash

The law also recognizes the infliction of emotional distress due to negligence. Noneconomic damages compensate victims for their pain and suffering, which is a lot harder to calculate because it is not based on services rendered. Pain and suffering could include therapy services, for example, but a personal injury attorney will have to fight on your behalf to recover these expenses.

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